Co-hosts of “Plato's Cave” Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Linda Robertson were featured for their lively discourse, irreverence, and keen insight into the relationship between media and politics in the Ithaca Times. A combination of Firing Line and the “car guys,” Plato's Cave brings a unique perspective to politics and media, and to how they interact and affect one another.
Deutchman says her fascination with conservative Republicans began in graduate school. “My logic was if I could figure them out, it would help me. But even after 25 years, I haven't. If I ever do, I'll tell the Democrats.”
Robertson, whose book The Dream of Civilized Warfare was published last year by the University of Minnesota Press, focuses much of her attention on how the media spins current events, and often critiques reporters who are less than objective. “I get three to four offers each day to interview right-wing guests on the radio,” she notes. “They're so on message. Where's our network to get the message out?”
Plato's Cave airs from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and is produced through Hobart and William Smith Colleges' radio station, WEOS 89.7FM / 90.3FM, a National Public Radio affiliate, by Michael Black, WEOS station manager. It is distributed on the Public Radio Satellite System. The program is distributed to more than 700 public radio stations that can access the Public Radio Satellite System, the main distribution mechanism for distributing public radio programming throughout the country. It is also aired via the Web site www.weos.org.